Mohammed VI Academy, CAN U23, Olympic Games 2024, his journey… Oussama Targhalline says it all

Mohammed VI Academy, CAN U23, Olympic Games 2024, his journey… Oussama Targhalline says it all
Mohammed VI Academy, CAN U23, Olympic Games 2024, his journey… Oussama Targhalline says it all

Winner of the Mohammed VI Football Academy, Oussama Targhalline, midfielder of the National Olympic Team and Le Havre Athletic Club (HAC), spoke to the French media Foot Mercato on several subjects including his journey in the Lair, in Ligue 1 as well as his future and his ambitions.

Frank and direct, the native of Casablanca recounts his football ordeals which began in his childhood neighborhood of Sidi Belyout and led to a place in the Mohamed VI Football Academy.

“My beginnings in football are quite similar to those of many professional players today, at the beginning I played in the neighborhood with my friends… After that, I went to Rabat where I did trials and it was there that I joined the Mohamed VI training center,” remembers the Moroccan international in a long interview given to Foot Mercato and put online this Sunday, May 19.

And the Tanière midfielder added: “Honestly, I learned everything in this center, I went there at the age of 10 and I left at 18. There is everything there to succeed, the facilities are extraordinary, there was also the school within the center so it really allows you to concentrate on football. It’s prestigious and the reputation of this center is not stolen.”

To a question concerning his time at Olympique de Marseille, Oussama Targhalline admits that it was at the Vélodrome that he was able to discover professional football. “I arrived at OM very young, I was 18, it was thanks to them that I discovered the professional world. When I started, I joined the reserve team where I stayed for one or two months and immediately joined the professional team. I learned a lot of things alongside great players but also great coaches,” admits the Atlas Lions midfielder.

“I wanted to show my potential”
Lacking playing time in Marseille, the Atlas Lion then decided to go to Turkey on loan to Alanyaspor before returning to France and joining the Le Havre team. “I knew what I wanted, I have my personality too and I knew that if I wanted to show my potential, I had to play. You don’t make an impression by watching others play, you have to be on the pitch. I was aware that the day I was going to have this chance to express myself, I was going to seize it to get everyone to agree,” he explains.

“When I arrived at HAC…When I arrived at Le Havre in January 2023, I joined a collective which did not lose any matches so we do not change a team which wins, it is logical, I played some parts of matches , 15/20 minutes here or there and finally the match in Caen was the turning point. I had a big match, I scored, in a derby and that really launched my adventure at HAC,” recalls the Lion Cub of the Atlas.

Regarding his injury contracted during the season of Le Havre’s rise to Ligue 1, the African U23 champion believes that it was a difficult ordeal in several respects. “It was very very very tough mentally, I was coming off a very good summer preparation, the first official match of the season had also gone very well with 90 full minutes in Montpellier and I was really excited at the idea to continue the matches but unfortunately, I got injured in the process. It’s a difficult moment in a career,” he confides.

The dream of the 2024 Olympics
Responding to a question about Morocco’s success in the African Cup of Nations (CAN U23) where he scored the goal of the final victory against Egypt, Oussama Targhalline said he realized a big dream. “It was crazy, it was the first time that Morocco won the CAN in the youth category, plus it was at home, in Morocco, at home, in Rabat, where I was trained, I had my family, my loved ones, my friends. It was really a dream, plus I had just been champion of Ligue 2 and a month later champion of Africa, it was really an incredible summer, a special moment which will inevitably mark my career,” says the player. trained at the Mohammed VI Academy.

Concerning his ambitions with the Atlas Lions, Oussama Targhalline knows well that he must shine at club first to be able to claim a place in the selection of coach Walid Regragui. However, he dreams of competing in the Paris-2024 Olympics with the national Olympic team.

“Everyone dreams of playing in the Olympics, of representing their country, it’s something special. For now, there is a season to finish, we have to finish it in the best possible way, collectively and individually, without being in pain (laughs). But, yes, it would obviously be a great pleasure to participate in these Olympics,” he believes.

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